Grayson Perry b. 1960

Provenance

Victoria MirĂ³, London
Private Collection, Florida

Exhibitions

London, Victoria Miro Gallery, Grayson Perry, 2004
New York, American Folk Art Museum, Dagerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Dager, 2008
Purchase, Neuberger Museum of Art, British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1967-2009, 2009, p81 illus colour, p25

Literature

Jacky Klein, Grayson Perry, Thames & Hudson, London, 2009, p181, illus colour pp180-181

Description

'Black Dog' is the name Winston Churchill used for his depression. This piece is about the roots of depression: emotional trauma and turmoil. Some of the drawn scenes are from my childhood. One of them is an autobiographical incident that I jokingly referred to because there was a dog invilved. I was dressing up in the grounds of an abandoned Victorian mansion up the road on a summer's afternoon. All of a sudden I heard voices, so I quickly retreated into a little summer house and hid. There were people wandering about the grounds and they had a dog with them that came bounding in. I was terrified of being discovered, so I was desperately saying, 'Go away, get away, get out of here!' The dog was sniffing around, and here I was cowering in the corner of a summer house in a badly fitting dress and some slingbacks.

The drawn images also show a boy in a dress with an authority figure and a girl pointing at him. I put the photographs in as a contrast: biker babes, Princess Diana, Blackpool, the Madonna in the Meadow. They're all gender stereotypes being played out. It's about emotional, as much as physical, contrast.

I suffered from depression myself before having therapy. I used to have really down periods for a couple of days, if not longer'.

The artist quoted in Jacky Klein, Grayson Perry, Thames & Hudson, London, 2009, p181